Ask Maria “Preserving Pinecones and Acorns”


We have lots of pinecones and acorns in our backyard, I’d love to preserve some for craft projects, how do I do that?

If you live in a location that doesn’t have high humidity, you can air dry the pine cones and acorns. I suggest you do this outside and place the pine cones and acorns on an old window screen to allow for circulation of air. I preserve Spanish Moss all the time spraying the old window screen with bug killer and then laying the Spanish Moss onto the screen. This helps get rid of any little bugs who might be living in the moss.  If you live in an area of high humidity, then line some cookie sheets and place the pine cones and acorns on the sheets. Using the lowest oven temperature you can, slowly bake the items dry. Never leave the oven unattended and flip pine cones and acorns over a 3-4 hour drying session. You can also use a food dehydrator to dry the naturals.

Here are some projects to get you inspired!

Outdoor Wreath

Pinecone Candle Holder

Super Cute YoYo Stuffed Pinecone

Maria Nerius is the craft expert and in-house designer at She enjoys researching and answering art and craft questions, feel free to send her a note through customer service. She is also the editor of Creative Income, a newsletter available through subscriptions.

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  1. Margie says

    I have left several acorns out to dry naturally and they have faded from the original rich brown to a pale dull color. Is their any way to perserve the original color? Thanls

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